Jul 06, 2020  
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts 
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts

Nutrition: Dual Degree Program

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Nutrition: Drew University – Drexel University 3.5-1.5 (or 4+2) BA with Masters of Science in Human Nutrition


This program is for students who want a liberal arts education and a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition with the Didactic Program in Dietetics focus (DPD track). Students in this program will earn, in five years, a B.A. degree from Drew, and a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition from Drexel University. Students attend Drew for three and a half years, and then earn their masters degree at Drexel in eighteen months. A six-year program is also possible.

At Drexel University, students pursue the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) track leading to becoming a registered dietician. This program covers all aspects of normal and therapeutic nutrition for individuals and groups.  This major encompasses nutrition science, the application of the principles of biochemistry, physiology, and biology to human nutritional needs.  The degree stresses the interdisciplinary and scientific nature of nutrition and food and provides students with a base of theoretical knowledge and methodology enabling them to continue professional growth after graduation

Eligibility and Application Criteria

Students should consult with Drew’s combined degree nutrition adviser (Dr. Joanna Miller) to plan their course of study.  Students must submit their applications to Drexel’s Nutrition M.S. DPD track by August 15 for a January start date to complete the 1.5-year M.S. program, or by May 15 for a September start date, to complete the 2-year M.S. program. Applicants receive guaranteed reserved admission to the program provided that they meet the following requirements and complete the prerequisites:

  • Candidates for admission must have completed their Drew degree and all requirements for entry into the program, and they must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Students wishing to enroll in the 1.5-year M.S. program must have completed their Drew degree and all requirements required for entry into the program by the end of the fall semester of their senior year. 
  • Candidates for admission must have the following minimum GRE scores:  Verbal 153, Quantitative 153, and Writing 3.0. 
  • Applicants who native language is not English and/or were born outside of the United States are required to take both the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and the TSE (Test of Spoken English) and achieve a passing score in each. 


In the Drew University-Drexel University 5 year nutrition program, students may choose any undergraduate major offered at Drew. To be eligible for guaranteed reserved admission into Drexel’s Nutrition M.S. DPD track, students must also complete the following prerequisite courses by the completion of the fall of their senior year:


Drexel Prerequisite Requirements DREW COURSE Equivalent Prerequisites for Drew Equivalents
Chemistry with laboratory (8 credits) CHEM 150 or CHEM 151 and CHEM 160 or CHEM 161  
Organic Chemistry with laboratory (8 credits) CHEM 250  
Foundations in Biochemistry (4 credits) CHEM 360 CHEM 350
Molecular and Cellular Biology with laboratory (8 credits)

BIOL 256

BIOL 258

BIOL 160 and CHEM 160 or CHEM 161
General Psychology (3 credits) PSYC 101  
Statistics (3 credits) MATH 117  
One year English DSEM 100, two writing intensive courses  
Human Nutrition (4 credits) BIOL 220 BIOL 120, BIOL 160, or permission of instructor


It takes careful planning to successfully complete all prerequisites, in addition to Drew’s general education and major requirements.  All students intending to participate in this program should contact the Nutrition Program Adviser, Dr. Joanna Miller, during their first semester at Drew for an advising appointment.   First year students are advised to enroll in CHEM 150 or CHEM 151. 

Drew Students will be responsible for all tuition and fees. Drew Students will be eligible to apply to Drexel for need-based financial aid as well as any applicable merit based scholarships and grants to assist with the costs of this program.


For more information about the Drew-Drexel 5 year nutrition program, contact Dr. Joanna Miller.

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